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The ABCs of Divorce Communication
While attitude is the key factor in all relationships breakdown in communication is the part that is visible. Take a divorcing or divorced couple, add intense emotion, a pinch of sensitive issues and you may have the proverbial pot boiling over. Here are some basic tools to smooth the way:
Listening is not the same as agreeing. By providing plenty of space for the other person to say what they need does not send a message of "giving in" or "conceding." Listening is the beginning of a conversation that can actually lead to productive result. Communication is a shared responsibility. If one person does their part in earnest, the other is encouraged to do the same.
Separate property is property acquired before marriage, property received after the date of separation, inheritances, and gifts. Separate property is not divided in the divorce. Debts incurred before getting married or incurred after separating are separate property debts. Spouses are required to file proof of community and separate property on a Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.
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